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McClendon: Paxton to long toss from 120 feet Mon., throw off mound Tues.
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said the tentative plan for starting pitcher James Paxton (forearm) is to long toss from 120 feet Monday and throw off a mound Tuesday.

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Orioles' Janish not likely to make spring debut until late March
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Orioles infielder Paul Janish, who underwent surgery in February to remove bone chips from his right elbow, will field grounders Tuesday for the first time since surgery and throw this weekend, per MASNsports.com.

Janish is aming to play in his first spring game either March 20 or March 21.

"Relatively speaking, it feels about as well as it can up to this point. Probably a little bit ahead of schedule, which is a difficult thing to kind of expedite on the training room side of it," Janish said. "I'm getting a little restless, but they are allowing me to start taking ground balls tomorrow. I don't start throwing until probably this weekend, so from then on it will be 10 days to two weeks of a throwing program, which will be abbreviated for me, not being a pitcher or anything of that nature. It's a completely different kind of program.

"Fortunately, I haven't had any problems at all. Everything up to this point has been really smooth, not having any residual soreness or pain or anything of that nature. It's all individual. Some people just don't react the same. Fortunately for me, it's been good up to this point, so hopefully we continue going down the right path."

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Padres' Shields being held back following deep postseason run
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Since Padres starting pitcher James Shields pitched deep into the postseason last year with the Royals, the coaching staff has him slightly behind the other starters in camp, per U-T San Diego.

"Fortunately, we don't have to start him until a little bit further -- he's not starting in the first three (spring-training) games -- but he'll be fine," pitching coach Darren Balsley said. "It's no big deal."

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Nationals' Cole earns high praise from manager following BP session
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Nationals held their first live batting practice session of the spring Sunday, and starting pitcher prospect A.J. Cole earned high marks from manager Matt Williams, per MLB.com.

“He had a great live session today,” Williams said. “For me, he is growing into body. He is a young player. He is tall. He has great leverage and is getting stronger certainly by the year. This year he came into spring training looking great. Of course, we know about his fastball and curveball. Depending on the day, he can touch mid-to-high 90s with his fastball. He is a very promising prospects for us and still very young.  … I know he wants to pitch and loves taking the ball that for sure.”

Cole is considered the Nationals' second-best prospect by MLB.com.

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Twins OF Oswaldo Arcia sent home Monday due to illness
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia was sent home Monday due to an illness, per the Pioneer Press. Arcia said he began to feel lightheaded Sunday near the end of workouts.

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Cardinals OF Randal Grichuk (back) cleared to resume workouts
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk got the green light to resume workouts Monday after being sidelined a few days with a back injury, per St. Louis Baseball Weekly.

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Tigers RP Joel Hanrahan (arm) to visit specialist Tuesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Tigers reliever Joel Hanrahan, who has not thrown since Feb. 22 due to arm soreness, will visit a specialist in Texas on Tuesday, manager Brad Ausmus announced Monday.

Hanrahan described the soreness as some days it feels like the bones are rubbing together and other days it feels like someone is pinching his bicep, per the Detroit Free Press. Hanrahan has not pitched since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2013.

“I’m past the frustration part. It’s been long enough. I’m just looking for answers," Hanrahan said.

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Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe (illness) gets back to work Monday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe returned to workouts Monday after missing two days due to an illness, according to the Pioneer Press.

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Nationals OF Michael Taylor OK despite neck injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Monday outfielder Michael Taylor is dealing with a twinge in his neck, per MLB.com. However, Taylor did participate in workouts Sunday.

“Anytime that happens, especially early in the spring, we make sure that we take it easy on him. He is full go. He is ready to play,” Williams said.

Taylor is expected to see plenty of playing time this spring with right fielder Jayson Werth sidelined due to a shoulder injury. Taylor is considered the Nationals' third-best prospect by MLB.com.

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Cardinals' Wainwright could throw bullpen, if cleared by doctors
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright is meeting with trainers Monday to get the go ahead to continue in his rehab from an abdominal strain, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The team's ace is scheduled to throw a bullpen Monday.

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